It’s been a decade since Toowoomba trainer Kevin Kemp has won a race in Sydney, but he has had limited opportunities.
He now has a horse he thinks is good enough and he is looking forward to testing the talented Sold For Song in Saturday’s Group Three Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill, 20 years after Winsome Dancer won a restricted race.
Kemp also has high hopes of a two-state double with Tisani Tomso to race at Doomben.
“I had a good mare named Dance Girl Dance who was just behind the placegetters in a Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill about seven years ago. That was the best I have done in a stakes race down there,” Kemp said.
“But this is my best chance to have a two-state double.
“Blokes like me don’t get that chance often so it will be a real thrill to have two genuine hopes in two states.”
James Orman will again ride Sold for Song, who has missed a place just once in her career which has already returned $348,000 on her $2500 yearling price.
“It is also a great thrill for James. He loves the mare and we will see how a couple of battlers from the north go against the big guns on Saturday,” Kemp said.
“I don’t think we will be out of place.”
Kemp set off for Sydney early on Thursday with Sold For Song and was equally confident about Tisani Tomso’s chances in the PDF Foods Hcp (1200m).
“I accepted with Tisani Tomso in both the open handicap and the this race and I initially was going to run him in the open,” Kemp said.
“But when he drew barrier seven in that race and barrier three in the other we went with the Foods Handicap.
“He likes Doomben and has won three times there. But if you look at his form his best runs are all when he can get near the fence and that was why the owner selected the race.”
Sold For Song is a $13 chance in early Sheraco markets headed by the Ron Quinton-trained Dixie Blossoms at $5.
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